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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Jelisha Jones

I began my journey of entrepreneurship over a year ago by creating my brand, Fix Your Crown Sis. After experiencing a spiritual awakening, I began to understand that I was here to help other women learn to love fully love themselves, starting from within. I started a website for my blog. I began a YouTube channel… I wanted to inspire women to be their best selves, to love themselves fully so that they can have their heart’s desires. Presently, I just published my podcast She’s Worthy and also published my first book, “What It Means to Be Free!” and I discuss why the layers of pain I’ve endured in toxic relationships and friendships because of a lack of self- love for myself. I hope it resonates with a lot of women. Read more>>

Samantha Horwitz

Sam is a 9/11 First Responder, former the United States Secret Service Agent, speaker and author. With her B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law, and experience as a Law Enforcement Officer, she has become an expert in handling stress and managing PTS. She has spoken nationally to Law Enforcement, Veteran, business, and faith-based communities on how to recognize and combat the effects of PTS, how to minimize the damage stress can cause in the workplace, and how to support those who have PTS. Read more>>

Alexis Daniels

So I have been creating all of my life. I can remember as a little girl, maybe about 7 or 8, making my dolls new outfits out of old clothes and random things I found in the house. I would make handbags out of old jeans and paint any available wall I could find. I got really into art and jewelry and painting when I moved to Atlanta, GA. Being around so many different creatives and learning that I could make money as an artist was all new to me and Atlanta helped me embrace that part of me. Read more>>

Jae Selene

I am a radio personality, DJ, media journalist, energy healer, and meditation coach. I specialize in chakra balancing, crystal healing, aromatherapy, aura and energy clearing. The list goes on… Just call me Jae of All Trades! I’ve always been passionate about my career in the media world, and I wear many hats but once I answered my calling as a spiritual healer, life-changing experiences began to flow abundantly… In a good way! People have always been naturally drawn to me and I always hear “I love your energy”! I now understand why. My friends and family have always come to me for advice, guidance and direction and now I know why. I had a conversation with a couple of my close friends who are gifted and learned a lot about myself. Read more>>

Michelle Lee Baggett

In 2013 my mom was on a business trip in Georgia, and she came home and told me about this really neat Farmers Market. She went to Friday night before she left Saturday morning. She said the town reminded her of Celina, and she suggested I try to start something similar. So I thought, “Why not? We could make Friday happen?” At the time, I was a board member for Celina Ladies & Friends and their focus is the community – no brainer, right? At the time, I was just a mom with two little kids. I can do this, right? After lots of thought and research, I decided to bring up the idea to the board. I am so thankful for those ladies because they all loved the idea. With the help of Celina Ladies & Friends President, Rachel Baty, by Fall 2013, the wheels were moving for Celina’s Friday Night Market. Read more>>

Sergei Rodionov

I been picking up a camera since I was a little kid (there are actual photos to prove that), thanks to my grandfather, and of course, as we all did grow up – family photos, later kids photos. I never been serious about it all that much till I found myself in Colorado alone. I got my first true kit back then, started to read more actively, started to attend workshops/classes led by photographers like Jay Kilgore, Rolando Gomez and so on. And reading. Did I mention reading? I discovered entire slice of previously unknown to me – pictorial photography (notably – William Mortensen work), and my style and vision started to get shaped. In the last few years, I was heavily working with large format film, taught myself how to handle and deal with it. Read more>>

Madhav Ravikiran

2020 has been a challenging year, ever since spring, when everyone was home. This summer has been eye-opening, as I realized how much I could really do and even earn an income. Ever since last year, I have assisted Coding and Robotics at WIZE Computing Academy. I have also learned with them since it started in 2015, subjects like Animation and Gaming, App Development, Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Python, and 3D Printing. This past summer, I explored different areas of interest. Along with my parents, I started a vegetable garden. It is so fascinating to see plants grow out of seeds and produce vegetables. I built six raised beds from scratch. It was fun to buy wood, get it cut and then build it. Read more>>

Ebony Brown

I have worked with small children and toddlers for the past 15 years. Although I enjoy working with children of all ages, working with toddlers has always been my passion. While working the past five years as a preschool teacher, I was nicknamed “The Potty Whisperer,” as I made it a personal goal to potty train all of the toddlers in my classes. At the beginning of 2020, I decided to start a business helping families overcome this obstacle of potty training. Read more>>

Kendal Williams

Life has taught me bundles in my 44 years on this planet. As the mother of seven incredible souls and having overcome rape, divorce, self-sabotage, sexual shame and self-hatred myself, I now find with almost a decade of coaching thousands of individuals and couples all over the world; Having co-authored with Brian Tracy, John Assaraf, David Riklin, Dr. Joseph Cilea, Dr. Joesph Mercola, Gary Craig, Dr. Marcus Laux, Dr. Susan Lark, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. Julian Whitaker, and Steven E and being an expert contributing writer for Consumer Health and Your Tango as well as having my article’s such as The Under F*cked P*ssy Epidemic go viral and be shared on many leading sexuality websites around the world. Read more>>

Diego Noriega

At around the young age of 8, I started to learn how to skateboard and wanted a way to visually track my progress. I begged my mom for a camera and thankfully got a Canon Powershot- a little point and shoot camera. I started to film myself skateboarding and then would edit the videos on windows movie maker, which was an editing software that came with Windows computers (now discontinued). The next few years I spent recording videos with this little camera and fiddling around with windows movie maker, learning to video edit. Read more>>

Essence Abbott

My husband at the time had just suddenly moved out and I was going through a very deep depression. I was stressed, trying to figure out how I was going to pay all my bills alone for the first time in a very long time. My mortgage alone was more than most people’s total monthly bills that I know. My children were older and had never really seen me struggle and I was trying my best to avoid them from ever seeing it. I was barely sleeping during this time. One night I was up and started writing down what side hustle I could do to supplement the income I was missing from him. I wrote down several things that I’m good at, which included credit repair. Read more>>

Kevin Thompson

The idea for Interactive Football was born in 2015 when my daughter asked me to play tackle football in a youth league. I said no due to safety concerns, but she is relentless and really wanted to play. So I signed her up to play flag football at the local YMCA and I coached the team. I played tackle football in my youth until I graduated from high school. As I coached my daughter’s team, it was a lot of fun but very frustrating teaching the kids to pull on a flag to make the “tackle.” My daughter had fun and I was left with a feeling of “there must be a better way” for kids to enjoy the GREAT game of football without pulling on a flag. Read more>>

Daley Biggers and Josh Samford

This company is a co-ownership between myself and my high school friend, Josh. After graduating high school, we bartended at several different bars and speakeasy’s around Dallas while we went to college down separate career paths. I graduated from college as a Registered Nurse, working in the hospital and continued to work as a bartender part-time until finding a passion for mixology. I then became a certified mixologist and crafted my skills while continuing to work as a nurse in the hospital. Josh finished his degree in finance and worked for a funds management company while continuing to bartend on weekends at various locations. Read more>>

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